A roll call of some of the incredible people who have made a difference to local lives this year with the support of the hospice
The wonderful partners at Waitrose Holsworthy have kindly donated £500.00 to support The Long House through their Give A Little Love Scheme. During the pandemic the Long House sadly had to close with all services happening remotely where possible. After almost two years the doors to the Long House are open once again and our Supportive Care Team are there to welcome people back. So far this year, a bereavement group has run, along with one to one counselling and complimentary therapy sessions. This summer there will be a project group for patients which we're looking forward to. Thank you so much to Waitrose for your years of support, it's because of you that our nurses and counsellors are able to support local people facing life-limiting illnesses. Pictured is Waitrose partner Paula Lawman presenting the cheque to Jadeen Lowe, North Devon Hospice Community & Events Fundraiser.
THATCHED INN ABBOTSHAM
Congratulations to The Thatched Inn, Abbotsham for hosting their first Big Breakfast in over three years due to the pandemic. It was a lovely day and everyone enjoying their breakfast raised an amazing £710.00 for families supported by North Devon Hospice when facing life-limiting illnesses. Thank you to Les and his team for all your hard work and support of the hospice, you are all making a difference.
North Devon Hospice would like to say a huge thank you to the social team at TDK Lambda for rehoming unwanted Christmas gifts by running a raffle. This is an amazing fundraising idea and we are thrilled to see it raised £216.00 for local end of life care. Thank you so much to Nikki Swanson - Assembly Operator, Geoff Wilby - Managing Director (pictured), and everyone who took part in the raffle, every pound you raised means patients and their families living with incurable illnesses can receive the specialist emotional and medical care they need.
BIDEFORD AND DISTRICT RIDING CLUB
North Devon Hospice would like to say a huge thank you to the Bideford & District Riding Club for raising £620.00 from their recent dressage competition in memory of Juliet Allard. Juliet was a much loved and loyal member of the Club who had great passion for horses and enjoyed competing dressage on her beautiful horse, Felix. Juliet had so many friends and contacts who came together to make the event such a success. Special thanks to the judges, John Fullick and Yolande Ifold who gave their time for free, OCR Architecture, Torch Equine Vets, TDK-Lambda and DP Farm & Country Store for their generous donations and sponsorship, and Claire Large for the brightly coloured rosettes, which Juliet would have loved. The Club hope to run this event on an annual basis. Juliet received wonderful care from the hospice on the Bedded Unit in her final weeks and she is very much missed by her family and riding club friends. Pictured is Emily Davidson, being presented by Juliet’s husband, Adam, with the Juliet Allard Memorial cup (donated by Torch Equine Vets). Pictured Corrina Bright (Chairwoman of BDRC) and Sharon Rees (with Lulu) handing over a cheque for £620.00 to Jadeen Lowe from North Devon Hospice.
SOUTH MOLTON TOWN COUNCIL
A huge thank you to South Molton Town Council for kindly supporting North Devon Hospice at last year’s Fireworks Display and Christmas Light Switch On and raising a brilliant £1,800.55 for local patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses. This amount was raised through bucket collections at both events and the donation of pitch fees by vendors at the Christmas Light Switch On. Pictured are Mel James, Events and Promotions Manager of South Molton Town Council; Kate Kilburn from North Devon Hospice Fundraising Team; and Andrew Coates, Town Clerk of South Molton Town Council.
DEBBIE & ROBERT VEALE
Debbie and Robert have enjoyed jigsaw puzzles for many years, and during lockdown they wanted to share that fun with fellow enthusiasts both locally and further afield. They received donations and sales from all over the country, with some customers returning regularly to donate completed puzzles and buy a new one, and one special jigsaw selling for £50! It was then that Debbie and Robert hoped to raised £100. In the end, with over 400 jigsaws sold and more than 80 trips to the post office, they raised a fantastic £2,000.60 for the patients and families of the hospice. Thank you so much to Debbie, Robert, all the volunteers who helped make the puzzles up, everyone who kindly donated, and to everyone who purchased a jigsaw, this wonderful achievement would not have been possible without you all.
Throughout November, Gemma Roberts set the challenge of completing a marathon distance on her skates...every week. Accompanied at times by her daughter, Isla, and friend and fellow skater, Karla, Gemma clocked over 100 miles of skating on the Tarka Trail and raised an amazing £1,400 for North Devon Hospice in memory of friend, Tom. Tom was a fellow parent at her daughter's school, and his wife and children were at the final finish line to wave Gemma through at the end of her incredible challenge. Thank you so much Gemma for supporting the hospice, because of you we can be there for people like Tom across North Devon.
Thank you so much to Brian for raising a fantastic £2,270.00 for families facing life-limiting illnesses in North Devon. Brian ran an epic raffle with over 25 excellent prizes to be won. Our sincere thanks to everyone at Saunton Golf Club who supported Brian and his raffle, you are making a difference to local families facing incurable illnesses this Christmas.
CHERRY TREE FARM
Huge thank you to Hayley, Andrea, and everyone from Cherry Tree Farm Campsite for raising an incredible £6,485.10 this summer for North Devon Hospice. Campers were encouraged to make a donation when using a range of extra facilities, such as charging points or ice packs. Thank you to everyone at Cherry Tree Farm for your continued support of the hospice. Because of you, patients and family members who are living with an incurable illness can have support in their own homes as well as on the bedded unit today.
BRAUNTON BOWLING CLUB
On a beautiful summers day in late July, the members of Braunton Bowling Club held a fundraising day in aid of North Devon Hospice. It was a wonderful day enjoyed by all and raised a fantastic £600 for local families impacted by incurable illnesses such as cancer. Our warmest thanks goes to everyone at the bowling club who took part on the day and helped make it a success.
EMMA ST JOHN
Emma took to the summer skies for a 15,000ft skydive in memory of her Mum. Family and friends watched from the ground as Emma completed her jump on what would have been her Mum & Dad's 50th wedding anniversary. Thank you so much Emma for raising an amazing £1,625 for North Devon families impacted by incurable illness.
At the end of July, Mark took on the huge challenge of walking over 100km from Minehead to Dawlish...in 2 days! Proudly wearing his hospice t-shirt, Mark took on this tricky challenge in memory of his Dad who was cared for by the hospice. Setting an initial target of £300, Mark smashed his fundraising and raised a brilliant £795 for families like his. Thank you so much Mark for all your support, you've done a fantastic job!
KATHRYN MOORE AND RUFUS
Since September last year, Kathryn and her beloved dog Rufus have been taking part in the Virtual Land's End to John O'Groats challenge - a total of 874 miles walked in just under 8 months! They've been logging miles in a variety of places and in a range of weather, but that never stopped them moving forward and raising vital funds for the families supported by North Devon Hospice when facing life-limiting illnesses. Thank you Kathryn & Rufus!
AMY ROBINS SKYDIVE
Despite her jump date being postponed due to the pandemic, Amy Robins was finally able to complete her skydive for the North Devon Hospice on a clear and sunny day. Well done for raising a fantastic £1409.68 for families and patients living with incurable illnesses; you are making a difference to so many and we’re incredibly grateful to you Amy for all the brilliant fundraising you do.
ROTARY CLUB VIRTUAL BALLOON RACE
The Rotary Club of Braunton Caen, in partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Barnstaple, Barnstaple Link, Bideford Bridge, Bideford Tarka, eClub South West Peninsula, Holsworthy and Ilfracombe, worked together to raise money by holding a virtual balloon race! 827 colourful balloons were "launched" in aid of North Devon Hospice on Easter Sunday from Istanbul in Turkey, and finished seven days later. ‘Phoebe’ the winning Balloon travelled an incredible 776 km and was last seen heading for Alexandria!
Thank you all for your hard work and energy to put on this event, it is truly appreciated. Because of you, patients and family members who are living with an incurable illness can have support in their own homes as well as on the bedded unit today.
For some time, Jenny had been known to say " the year I turn 40, I will shave my head for charity". This year Jenny turns 40, and she's done exactly what she always said she would, she shaved her head! Thank you for all your support Jenny and huge congratulations to you for raising an incredible £2,315 for North Devon Hospice. With your support, patients and families living with life-limiting illnesses can receive the specialist care and support they need.
TITANS NETBALL CLUB
Wow! The incredible Titans Netball club took on a January Running Lockdown Challenge and managed to run 998 miles between them, raising a whooping £500.00 by donating 50 pence per mile. They presented the cheque to North Devon Hospice because it has touched so many of our members lives and in loving memory of coach, Jo Elliott.
Thank you Titans for helping families living with an incurable illness in North Devon right now and well done for staying motivated and active during lockdown - you are all stars!
THE UK SALES AND MARKETING TEAM AT ACCORD UK
A huge thank you to the UK Sales and Marketing team at Accord UK who took part in a virtual fundraising challenge; walking, running, cycling or swimming the distance between all four of the Accord UK sites (833.3 miles). The team raised an incredible £3,000 and clocked up an astonishing 3237.57 miles (smashing the original target).
Thank you to you all for taking on such an epic challenge and supporting our patients and their families during these uncertain times. Pictured here presenting the virtual cheque to hospice corporate fundraiser, Claire Paine, is Pete Kelly, Accord UK Managing Director.
Having previously experienced with her family the work the hospice does, Katie wanted to help make sure care could continue to be given to patients and their families during this difficult time, so she put her running shoes. Over 25 days, Katie ran an incredible 250km - the equivalent of 6 marathons! Including gift aid, she has raised an amazing £1,122.50 for patients facing life-limiting illness and their families.
RIVERSIDE SUPPORT GROUP & EVERYTHING WESTWARD
Jenny Rutter & Janet Goodall from the Riverside Support Group and Maddy from Everything Westward presented a wonderful £4227.15 for North Devon Hospice. This incredible total was raised be sewing and selling face masks. Huge thanks to Jenny who has crafted each lovely mask and to Everything Westward who kindly sell the masks in their beautiful shop. The money raised will help families who are facing the toughest times this festive season.
To honour his late Step Nan, 11-year-old Ben wanted to take on a personal challenge. Ben decided he was going to try running, and set himself the task of running 5k and asking for sponsorship. He sailed pass his initial target of £100, and has raised a brilliant £1,105 in memory of his Step Nan, thank you so much Ben!
SLOLEY FARM OPEN
For the 20th year, the Sloley Farm Open returned to Saunton Golf Club. Organised by John Boxall, this year's competition saw 16 teams take to the West Course on a sunny October day, and raised an incredible £1,330. Thank you so much to everyone for taking part, to North Devon Account for sponsoring the event, and to John Boxall for all your support.
MAX WOOSEY UPDATE
Max has been camping out for over 200 nights now, and his goal is to camp out for a whole year! So far he's raised over £62,700, a true inspiration.
THE HORSE AND GROOM
Having already done a sponsored head and beard shave earlier in the year, Paul and friends from The Horse and Groom this time took on a sponsored bike ride from The Horse and Groom to The Kings Arms Bideford and back. From sponsorship and money collected on the day, they've raised a brilliant £1,264.47 for the hospice. Thank you so much to you all!
FLOWERS FOR THE HOSPICE
Jackie Rudman and Chris Walsh have been growing and delivering flowers throughout the summer and raised a wonderful £1804.24! Thank you Jackie and Chris for raising smiles with your flowers and by supporting North Devon Hospice.
Jackie gives her thanks to outlets; The Good Food company at St Johns Garden Centre as well as at Ashford Garden Centre and Twigs florist in Newport. Despite the difficulties of operating within Covid restrictions these businesses have been really supportive in selling the flowers and bringing the work of the Hospice to the public notice. Thanks too, to volunteer pickers Chris Wright and Margaret Kemp and of course the generous people of North Devon who have ordered flowers regularly from Jackie.
Each year, Andrea sets herself the target of raising more than the year before by selling pre-loved items online. She does this in memory of her dad who was cared for at home by hospice nurses. Her latest total is an incredible £1,216 which will help people like Andrea's dad receive the support they need at home. Thank you Andrea and everyone that supports her.
Clare Langmead took on the serious challenge of walking Lynton to Combe Martin and back in memory of her mum. Supported by her good friend, Amy, daughter, Nik and her niece, Amber. They managed to complete the walk in one day and presented a whooping £810.17 to North Devon Hospice who cared for Claire’s mum in her final days. What a special tribute and challenge to take on, thank you Claire and all who supported her.
JANE & GEOFF MARSHALL
Jane & Geoff Marshall presented an incredible £4227.00 to North Devon Hospice to help families facing an incurable illness today. They raised this phenomenal amount making and selling face masks. Grateful thanks to Jane and Geoff for all their hard work. Thanks to Croyde Post Office and Cherry Tree Farm campsite for selling the masks and to all those who helped and supported.
PYNES WALK FUNDRAISERS
Paul Bevan and the other residents of Pynes Walk, Bideford have been busy raising money whilst socially distanced from their own gardens throughout lockdown! Bingo & dancing outside your own front door were regular features in the Pynes Walk community after the Thursday Night applause. They raised a huge amount of cheer and a whooping £4077.47. Here they've come together in their family bubbles for a cheque photo to celebrate their amazing fundraising!
Despite his jump date being postponed due to lockdown, it all worked out for the best for Glenn - this change of plan meant he could complete his skydive in memory of his mum on her birthday. Glenn raised an amazing £1863.67 and had the experience of a lifetime, well done!
8 year old Ruby decided to fundraise by setting herself the challenge to climb Mount Everest on her stairs at home! She climbed her stairs 3,229 times throughout a month to reach her goal and raise over £400.00. What an amazing commitment! And she even made this lovely t-shirt to celebrate.
Jenny signed up to the Hospice Hair Raiser and decided her challenge would be to shave her head. She raised over £2,000 in the process and got a new look which really works for her, good on you Jenny!
10-year-old Max from Braunton started a sponsored camp-out in his back garden at the beginning of lockdown. He's now gone past 100 consecutive nights and raised over £8,500!
After her mum was cared for by the hospice, Janet wanted to do something special. She bravely said goodbye to her curly hair, raised over £1300, and is rocking a fab new look!
SARA, ROSE, AND MARIA
These wonderful ladies have made hundreds of brightly coloured face coverings for the Fremington community. This amazing undertaking has kept them busy and helped them stay positive, while also providing a local service which has increased the confidence of residents, all while raising over £1000 for two local charities!
Fiona took part in the CHSW Virtual 5km Rainbow Run, but took it a step further by running 55km over a weekend. She raised an amazing £741, which inspired Fiona and her husband Andrew to help even more people by matching that amount with a donation to North Devon Hospice, incredible!
Zac is a keen runner and during lockdown decided to run a half marathon from his home to his school. Along with dad Bill, Zac completed his challenge in 1 hour 51 minutes and raised over £1,000 on the way. Well done Zac!
After he couldn't make the new date of the North Devon Marathon in 2020, James decided to run the route on the original date, so that he could still raise funds for the hospice! He raised £150, good on you James!
These two were missing being able to perform, so they thought they'd stream a live gig to entertain and raise some money. Nice one guys!
FREDDIE AND MADDY LEE
Freddie and Maddy took to the pool everyday no matter the weather, to swim 19km from the North Devon coast to Lundy. It was chilly at times but that didn't stop them, great job you two!